Lifestyle: Break a bad habit and replace it with a better one

Lifestyle: How to break a bad habit and replace it with a better one

Old habits die hard, they say. Or not? Creating habits is easier than breaking them, but you can replace them. They interrupt your life and prevent you from achieving your goals. Learn here some useful tips to break your bad habits.

If there is something positive we have learnt after 2020, is that we have to revise our lifestyle. Most of us had some time to reflect upon our routines, and revise some habits that no longer work for us. Here is a guide to ditching old bad habits and start making better choices for ourselves.

The causes of bad habits

Many people create bad habits as a way of dealing with deeper feelings and problems. Smoking, biting your nails, or eating compulsively can be a simple response to stress, anxiety, and even boredom. The first step to change and overcome your bad habits is admitting they exist and trying to recognize what causes them. 

The first step to change and overcome your bad habits is admitting they exist and try to recognize what causes them.

How to break a bad habit

Breaking bad habits takes time and effort, but mostly perseverance. Habits usually give calmness or satisfaction to people’s lives and that is why it is difficult to stop them. Instead of breaking them, you can replace them with a new habit that provides a similar benefit.

Breaking bad habits takes time and effort, but mostly it takes perseverance // Photo by reflexblu

Step 1: Choose a substitute for your bad habit

What are you going to do when you want to smoke? What will you do if you want to eat and you have just finished your meal? It is about having a plan. You have to focus your attention on doing another thing like masking bubblegum or taking deep breaths. 

You can start meditating!

Step 2: Surround yourself with people who support you

Support is very important in this process. Surround yourself with people that make you a better person.

Surround yourself with people who support you

Step 3: Visualize yourself succeeding

Change is hard, but visualizing yourself having success is important to keep you motivated. See yourself throwing away the cigarettes, buying healthy food or waking up early and concentrate on the satisfaction that would bring to your life.  

Step 3: Visualize yourself succeeding

Step 4: Use the word “but” to overcome negative self–talk

Whenever that happens, finish the sentence with “but”

"I am not good enough, BUT I can work harder"

"I am not in shape, BUT I could work hard to get in shape in the next few months"

Step 3: Visualize yourself succeeding

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Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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